Originally intended to stay for 11 days/9 nights, I cut it down to 5 days/ 4 nights because I could no longer stand the food and accommodation. I was booked at the worst possible room they had, Sulu Terrace No 9 which is an airconditioned nipa hut with toilet facilities outside the hut. It was dreadful. The rectangular-shaped hut, due to poor verntilation smelled of mold and the the two twin beds were so cramped up, one could hardly pass through. The pillow cases were so torn and worn out, I asked housekeeping to replace them.
Toilet and shower was outside the nipa hut and it was so small and narrow, a large person would not be able to pass through it. Toilet could only be locked by a padlock outside, so if you are in a hurry to use it, it's best to leave it open. Again the ventilation was a problem and there were large ants going on the shower mat.
The gardens are beautiful but at night, the entire property including the dining room is so poorly lit that one had difficulty walking around even with a flashlight. They were economizing so much with the electricity one thought there was always a power failure because I could barely even see the food I was eating during dinner time.
Food is tolerable for one meal but not for 3 meals a day for 4 days. It made me positively sick to have everything in my mouth tasting of coconut oil which was a main preservative ingredient.
Chef imported from Germany prepared predominantly raw foods and sometimes the combination was diabolical. Like this squash barbecue on skewer and chili tomato soup that I had for dinner that caused me indigestion, I hardly slept that night and the next day I kept burping because I could still feel the chilis and tomatoes on my throat. Because the food is vegetarian and mostly raw, he tried to embellish the food with spices like curry, chili and barbecue that was difficult to digest since food wasn't properly cooked. The desert that he prepared ie mangoes with lime sorbet was laughable. I tried to look for my sorbet and held my torch up to see that the sorbet portion was the size of thymbnail!
Medical Clinic - had a live blood cell analysis done and the MD convinced me that pure virgin coconut oil (which they manufacture and sell within the property) was actually good for me. The only visible effects I could see was I got diarhrea the following day and the taste of coconut oil permeating on my mouth for the rest of my stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled within the Philippines’ Batangas hinterland, The Farm is likened to health nirvana. Choose between pool, garden or jungle-style accommodation before sampling our fresh, award-winning gourmet menu.Practice sunrise/sunset salutations at our lakeside amphitheatre or hit our well-equipped ‘jungle gym’. Our specialists administer complementary and integrative medical therapy within a serene environment and first-class facilities.We don’t do boot camps or subscribe to deprivation. Retreat to The Farm for nourishment and rejuvenation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Farm At San Benito Hotel Lipa City
- Farm At San Benito Batangas
- The Farm At San Benito Lipa City, Philippines - Batangas